Las Vegas police and the community are mourning the death of two of their own when two officers were senselessly killed while having lunch at a local pizza restaurant.
According to reports, the tragedy started approximately 11:30 Sunday morning when two individuals, a man and a woman, approached Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo while having lunch at CiCi’s Pizza, ambushed them and took their service guns.
the restaurant and headed to the Wal-Mart store across the street.
During an emotional press conference on Sunday afternoon, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie said he could not confirm the veracity of the statement at that time.At the Wal-Mart store, the two suspects shot a shopper at the door and
made their way to the back of the store where allegedly the female
suspect shot her male companion and then killed herself.The citizen shopper who died during the shootout at that Wal-Mart in northeast Las Vegas has been identified by the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner as Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas.The standoff and the investigation lasted through a substantial part
of the evening, while officers continued to put pieces together to
make sense of what had occurred.Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn G. Goodman, was the first one to comment on
the shooting, stating “This was a senseless and cruel act — killing
three innocent people, two who dedicated their lives to protecting all
of us in our community, and one who was innocently going about his
their pain was evident and clear. Their resolve was greater than ever
to serve our community with loyalty, dedication, and to honor the
memory of their two comrades and friends. I immediately asked that
flags at city facilities be lowered to half staff in remembrance of
the officers and the innocent woman also tragically shot today,” the Mayor stated.
(Previous media reports had incorrectly identified the civilian victim
in this incident as a woman.)
Department Lieutenant Norm Jahn emailed his comment and said: “This
stunning and senseless incident will do emotional damage to everyone
at Metro and anyone who has worn a badge. It is unlikely that any
‘street survival’ training would have made a difference, but Metro
leadership can surge forward with support for the families of the
officers and also for the larger police family.”
been employed with LVMPD since Aug. 2001. He leaves behind a wife and
three children. Soldo had been employed with LVMPD since April 2006.
He was also married and leaves behind a wife and a baby.
that as the investigation advances he will keep the community updated
through the media. He said that he has spoken with the families of the
officers and has sent them his and the department’s condolences.
police, and we still have a community to protect. We will be out there
doing it with our heads held high, but with emptiness in our hearts.”
saying, “We express our deepest condolences to everyone who have been
affected by this senseless act of violence. Our store is currently
closed. This is still an active investigation and we are working with
at the crime scene gathering information and evidence that could make
them understand the motive behind such a senseless crime.
— Rolando Larraz
Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.